HC Deb 02 March 1925 vol 181 c42W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the proportion of Indians in the Territory, it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to order that merchants in Tanganyika may keep their accounts in Gujerathi as an alternative to the existing languages in which such accounts are ordered to be kept, viz., English or Swahili; and whether he has received representations from the Government of India on this matter?


Traders of all nationalities in the Territory may keep their ordinary accounts in any language they please, but for the purposes of the Trades Licensing Ordinance they are required to submit evidence in a form intelligible to the Licensing Authority sufficient to show the amount of their profits. Under the provisions of the Ordinance, the accounts necessary for this purpose will have to be, as from the 1st of April, 1926 (but not before) rendered in English, French or Swahili, but this requirement will not apply to the smaller traders whose profits do not exceed £150. Representations have been received from the Government of India with regard to the language requirements, and it has been arranged that the newly-appointed Governor of the Territory should investigate the position on his arrival in East Africa and submit his recommendations upon it.

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